For people in Connecticut who have been injured in a car accident, some of the most common types of injuries are related to the soft tissue. These types of injuries are differentiated from injuries to bones and cartilage; instead, they primarily effect muscles, ligaments and tendons. Sprains, strains, soreness and tears represent some of the common forms that these injuries take.
During a car accident, the people inside a vehicle can be sharply jolted around, causing soft tissue to stretch suddenly, leading to tearing and other damage. Attempts to prevent a crash like braking sharply and entering a brace position can also lead to soft tissue injuries accompanied by swelling, bleeding or pain. These common injuries do not appear on X-rays and can be more difficult to diagnose than other damage like a broken bone.
Sometimes, it can take days after a car crash for a victim to fully experience all of their pains and related symptoms. This means that these injuries often do not receive initial medical attention immediately following the crash. When these types of soft tissue injuries go untreated, they can lead to chronic pain and ongoing inflammation.
Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries experienced in a car crash. It is caused when the sudden movement of the car when hit from behind makes the head swiftly move back and forth, putting pressure on the soft tissues of the neck. Whiplash can be painful and lead to chronic concerns in the neck, including herniated discs and dysfunctional joints.
People who have been injured as a result of car accidents due to another’s dangerous or negligent driving might wish to work with a personal injury attorney. A lawyer may help accident victims to seek compensation for their damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.